Our final leg of the trip took us to the 878-room JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, where I was welcomed with lunch at The Mixing Room. It began with a Liquid Intelligence tequila mixology demo that’s perfect for teambuilding. Executive Chef Eric Branger then whipped up lechon tacos, salt potatoes, mofongo and more before we took an in-depth tour of the JW’s meeting spaces and amenities.
With 100,000 square feet of meeting space and catering by Wolfgang Puck, the JW Marriott has hosted classic Los Angeles events such as the Emmy Awards this year. It’s also part of the L.A. LIVE sports and entertainment district, where the 20,000-seat Staples Center, the 7,100-seat Microsoft Theater and the 40,000-sq.-ft. Microsoft Square open-air plaza reside and are neighbored by Los Angeles Convention Center.
The day came to an end at one of the city’s most historic locations: The Edison. Built as a power plant in 1910 and available for private events, The Edison is a ’20s-themed bar where burlesque dancers or contortionists perform nightly. The thriving nightspot is so uniquely its own that Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando will open its own version of the bar by spring 2017.
All three of these hotels, plus 262 other Marriott-branded hotels across the United States, are participating in Marriott’s Meetings Imagined sweepstakes, where planners have the chance to win $5,000 in meeting credits. Submit an RFP for a 2017 meeting to any participating location before Dec. 31, 2016, to enter the giveaway.